Tyler Walsh rushed 33 times for 167 yards and a touchdown as Oswego defeated Hinsdale Central 42-14 in the first round of the Class 8A playoffs Saturday night. According to High School Cube News:
Brian Cooney couldn’t have drawn it up any better on paper beforehand.
“It went as well as we could possibly expect, and then some,” the Oswego coach said of his team’s 42-14 first-round Class 8A playoff win Saturday night over Hinsdale Central.
The host Panthers ate up yardage and the clock with their power running game, made the most of the three passes quarterback Steven Frank completed, got four turnovers from a ball-hawking defense and capitalized on a tough night for the Red Devils’ punter.
Senior running back Tyler Walsh ran 33 times for 167 yards and one score.
“He had that many (carries)?” Cooney asked. “Tyler’s a hard-nosed kid for sure.”
Walsh, who upped his season rushing total to 1,180 yards, found plenty of openings working behind his offensive line of Elisio Guerra, Jared Connors, Andrew Kraus, Erik Mikkelson and Charlie Smith. They average 270 pounds, but Walsh also made plenty of yards after contact.
Oswego took advantage of eight- and 15-yard punts by the visitors on their first two possessions, starting both drive at the Central 48.